Lemongrass, often known as citronella, is an essential ingredient in Thai cuisine, with its subtle lemon flavour and fragrance. This herb has long, thin grey-green leaves with a spring onion-like base.

Lemongrass is one of three edible by-products of the gramineae grass family.

LEMONGRASS are classed as a vegetable.


Lemon grass is an essential ingredient for Thai cuisine. Add to stir-fries, Thai curries and soups, salad dressings.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (uncooked): energy 99 kcal, 420 kJ; protein 1.8g; carbohydrate 25.2g; fat 0.5g.


Wash thoroughly. Remove the outer leaves, then use about six inches of the base, discarding the top and the very bottom.  Slice or chop if required, though sometimes the stalk is left whole and removed at the end of cooking.


Store in a refrigerator.


Look for lemongrass that is fresh-looking with a solid base. Avoid dry, wilted produce.

Fun Fact

Citral, an essential oil also found in lemon peel, gives lemongrass its lemon flavour and fragrance.


Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.